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Optometry: Glasses, Contacts & Eye Exams

Clinica Sierra Vista now offers optometry services at 34th Street Community Health Center.

Contacts and glasses now available-Click to learn more

Your vision is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted. At Clinica Sierra Vista, we know that the high cost of vision care prevents too many people in the communities we serve from seeing an optometrist. That’s why we’re proud to now offer low-cost eye exams and optometry services at our 34th Street Community Health Center in Bakersfield, California. We serve both kids and adults and work with many insurance companies. To keep eyecare accessible, we also offer a sliding fee scale for patients who don’t have vision insurance or struggle to pay for optometry services.

Getting a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Getting a yearly eye exam is an important step towards protecting your vision. Both kids and adults should get regular exams. It’s especially important for kids to see an optometrist if they’ve been referred to one after a vision exam at school. During an exam, an optometrist will conduct tests to determine how well you see. The optometrist will also carefully examine the physical structure of your eye.

A thorough examination will reveal any problems with vision and eye health. However, an eye exam can do more than that. Part of the exam includes checking the health of your retina and the blood vessels surrounding it. The health of these blood vessels can give your eye doctor valuable insight into your overall physical health. If you’ve had an eye exam and have learned that you have vision issues, be sure to tell your family doctor. Health providers need to know this important information.

Annual eye exams are essential for individuals with diabetes, too. People who have this disease are at a higher risk for vision loss than others. Regular screening can help detect the early signs of diabetic eye disease. Early detection of this potentially devastating condition is critical to maintaining eye health. If you suffer from diabetes and haven’t had an eye exam in the last year, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Prescription Eyeglasses & Contacts

Maybe you’ve had an eye exam in the past, but you weren’t able to afford the prescription glasses or contacts that the doctor recommended. This is very understandable. Eyewear can be expensive, especially if you need multifocal lenses or special lens coatings. Even individuals who have vision insurance often find that they can’t afford their cost share for glasses.

At Clinica Sierra Vista, we provide low-cost eyeglasses and contacts to our patients. If you have a vision exam and learn that you need corrective lenses, we’ll work with you to ensure that you get the correct glasses or contacts. Our glasses start at $50 including lenses and frames. This is significantly less expensive than buying glasses without insurance or through a low-coverage vision plan. Glasses and contacts are also available at a discounted rate for patients who have an eligible prescription from another doctor.

We carry frames, lenses and contacts for both kids and adults. If your child has mentioned that it’s tough to see the whiteboard or has struggled in school, schedule a vision exam. Something as simple as a pair of glasses can greatly improve quality of life and school grades for kids. Addressing vision issues now sets kids up for a successful future. Our experienced optometrists and staff know how to put even the youngest patients at ease, too. We want your kids to have a positive experience at the eye doctor’s office so that they continue the good habit of getting eye exams for the rest of their lives.

It’s also important for senior citizens to have regular vision exams. After all, your vision tends to change over time just like other parts of your body. If you’re a senior who struggles to see, getting prescription lenses can bring relief from the frustration of asking others to read prices and item names to you at the grocery store. Maintaining your vision for as long as possible will also help you feel more socially connected. Staying connected and active are key to preventing or minimizing diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Affordable Vision Care for Insured & Uninsured Patients

Whether you have vision insurance or not, you know that eye exams can be expensive. At Clinica Sierra Vista, we believe that the cost of care shouldn’t prevent anyone from getting the best vision care possible. We work with insurance companies and uninsured individuals to meet the eye care needs of our community. Please don’t hesitate to call us just because you’re concerned that you might not be able to pay for an eye exam or glasses.

If you do have vision insurance, we’ll bill your insurance company and will help you understand what costs your plan covers. We accept many different types of insurance including

• Medicare
• Medi-Cal
• Health Net
• Kern Family Health Care
• And many more!

At Clinica Sierra Vista, we’re committed to serving individuals in our community who don’t have vision insurance. We offer payments on a sliding fee scale with the lowest payments set at $10. Families from throughout Kern, Fresno and Inyo counties come to our clinic because they know that they we truly care about their health. Our experienced optometrists and eye office staff love working with patients of all ages.

Scheduling an Appointment

Your eye health can’t wait. After all, you rely on your vision during nearly every waking moment of your life. Failing to get the appropriate care can be devastating. If you suffer from vision problems, corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses can change your life by restoring your sense of sight. If you struggle with other health problems, getting high-quality vision care can help provide insights into your overall wellbeing. Individuals of all ages will benefit from regular, professional eye care services.

We know that vision care can be expensive, but we don’t think that should keep anyone from getting the care they desperately need. That’s why we work with many insurance companies and offer a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients, too. Call us at 1-833-278-4584 to schedule an appointment for yourself or your children today.

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